The Aspen Medical Foundation has announced that it is to strengthen its partnership with the University of Newcastle, committing to three, 3-year scholarships for First Nations students studying a health-related degree at the University of Newcastle.

The scholarships provide a benefit of $5,000 each year for up to three years of study. The first scholarship recipient will be announced shortly, with the second scholarship to follow in 2024 and the third in 2025. The total value over the next five years will $45,000 in scholarships.

Since 2016, Aspen Medical Foundation has partnered with the University of Newcastle, having previously granted a scholarship to a First Nations student who graduated as a registered nurse in 2019.   In 2021 Aspen Medical Foundation gifted $25,000 to University of Newcastle for the following projects:  Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Services – support with Dialysis care, Yerin Aboriginal Medical Services – response to supporting adolescent mental health and a community panel to support aboriginal research.

Founders of the Aspen Medical Foundation Glenn and Amelda Keys recently had the pleasure of attendingthe University of Newcastle alumni community, supporters and friends event at the National Gallery of Australia with Professor Kent Anderson, Professor Alex Zelinsky and Ms Rebecca Hazell from the University of Newcastle.

 Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Office of the DVC Global Engagement & Partnerships Global Engagement and Partnerships Division said, “In the spirit of unity, we celebrate the profound impact of the Aspen Medical Foundation Scholarship Program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying health-related degrees, as it not only enriches the lives of our students but also empowers our communities.

"With gratitude in our hearts, we recognise our partnership with the Aspen Medical Foundation for its unwavering commitment to improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Together we forge a path towards a healthier, more equitable future for all.”

Chair and Founder of Aspen Medical Foundation Amelda Keys said, “We are proud to renew our support with the University of Newcastle, by committing to three, 3-year scholarships for First Nations students studying a health-related degree. Our scholarship program focusses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and Indigenous people across the Pacific studying a health-related degree, and we look forward to expanding that program in the years ahead.”

To date, the Aspen Medical Foundation has committed more than $500,000 in funding for scholarships for First Nations students studying a health-related degree. 

Aspen Medical Foundation and University of Newcastle photo
Left to Right: Rebecca Hazell, Glenn Keys AO, Amelda Keys, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Professor Kent Anderson
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